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Spiteful Aunt

I meant to destroy that nephew of mine. It was either that, or he would destroy my son. When he had grown tall, strong, and handsome, I sent for my nephew. I said, “Manus, I know a bride who will suit you well. She is the daughter of a mighty earl.” I promised him the...

Princess Who Gives Away the Magic Stone

He did the impossible for me. He built me a palace of ice, which was kept warm by fires in every room. The whole palace was filled with a rosy, pink glow, and the rarest singing birds in the world. Surely that should have been enough for me! But then a peddler came to...

Enchantress Who Bewitches Her Sons

I had three sons, and they were close to one another. Too close for comfort! I didn't trust them. They were hatching a plot against me. Oh, I was sure of it. They wanted my power. I acted first. I turned my eldest into an eagle and sent him flying in circles around...

Distrustful Mother

When my son told me that he had been staying in an enchanted castle, I wanted to know all the details, of course! The castle was inside a mountain, and everything in the castle had been covered in black. The chairs, tables, benches, and also the three princesses who...

Hard, Judgmental Person

Little brat! How dare she wear RED shoes to her mother’s funeral! What insolence! And they’re not even properly made. I never liked her mother, either. She let that child run around the streets with practically nothing on. Who knows what her mother did to get so sick,...

Little Grey Man

The lad who came to chop wood in the forest was very well equipped with food and drink. I could smell the sweet cake in his pocket, and I asked him if he would share a bit of it with me. And maybe a few swigs of his wine. "Ah," said the clever boy, "If I give you my...

Sultan of the Indies

My son has been a joy to me, but when he came home from his adventures, he would not tell me the mystery of his good fortune. He said he would visit me frequently, provided I did not seek to know his secrets. He stayed for a few days, and then went away for some time....

Julia

My beloved thinks he is stronger than the river siren, Yara. He thinks that he can withstand her powerful pull, and that the danger is over. It is far from over! He won't be able to resist going into the forest when she calls him tonight. I'm certain he will go to the...

Old Fairy Lagree

Fairer-than-a-Fairy! How dare the king give his child that audacious name. "Fairer-than-a-Fairy." Bah! It is an affront to all fairies. It falls to me, as head of the tribe, to make the girl's life as miserable as possible, and to conceal her from the eyes of men. I...

Snow-daughter

I am cold. I have always been cold. I must stay in the cold or I'll melt. In the winter, I live in the forest. In the summer, I come inside, and I stay in the cold cellar. My brother is the opposite. He must have heat. He spends his summers outside, and, in the...

Fisherman’s Wife

So here we are, livin' in a pig-stye, and my husband comes home and tells me he caught a fish. Well, it's about time! Where is it? "Oh, I let him go," says he. "You did what? You haven't caught any fish for days! You mean to starve us?" "It was a Flounder," he says....

Bluebeard’s Wife

Bluebeard, my new husband, told me that he had to go away for six weeks, and while he was gone, I could do what I pleased and invite my friends to our fine country house. He gave me the keys to two great wardrobes where he kept his finest furniture, along with another...

Beauty’s Eldest Sister

Our family has gone from riches to rags. First, our mansion in town burned to the ground. We lost everything. Then my father, who was a prosperous merchant, lost all his ships at sea. You can't imagine the calamities! Shipwrecks, pirates, fires, and storms. We fell...